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Cats & Kittens
Cats and kittens are popular pets that can live indoors or outdoors, depending on your living arrangements. Their anatomy and behaviour is similar to that of their wild cousins. Cats have been domesticated and kept as pets since ancient Egyptian times, when they were honoured and worshipped by Egyptian people. Their popularity spread worldwide, and many people adopt cats and kittens for the companionship and affection they provide.
Kitten CareKittens require a lot of care and supervision. Small household items, toxic plants, and chemicals should be kept away from kittens at all times. Kitten-proofing your home is important to do before you bring a kitten home. Providing cat toys helps distract them from other, possibly dangerous objects. A litter box must be provided as well, with sides that are low enough for a small kitten to climb over. Cats are generally clean animals and prefer to use a litter box. Chances are high that by the time you bring a kitten home, it has already been taught to use a litter box by its mother. Socialising and bonding with the kitten is important if you want it to grow up to be a relaxed and friendly cat. Food and water in clean bowls should be available for kittens at all times. Once they are adults, you may limit how often they eat each day.
If you plan to rehome an adult cat, you must be aware of the care it will require. Cats are not as energetic and playful as kittens, and so require less food. Depending on how active your cat is, it may only be fed once or twice a day. Owners should provide cats with a comfortable pet bed, a variety of toys, and fresh water at all times. Brushing cats regularly gets rid of dead hair and keeps the cat well groomed, especially during shedding seasons. Cats with longer hair may need to be groomed more often. Use a cat brush with stiff bristles to get the job done. The animals clean themselves, so baths are rarely needed.
If you plan to rehome a cat or kitten by adopting it into your own, you must be prepared to give it the care it needs. Vaccinations, fresh food and water, and socialisation are necessities for a healthy feline. If you give your cat the care it needs, it will return the favour with years of love and companionship.